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Friday


FRIDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the Cross)

THE PLACE OF THE SKULL HAS BECOME PARADISE,
FOR AS SOON AS THE WOOD OF THE CROSS WAS PLANTED THERE,
IT BORE AT ONCE THE FRUIT OF LIFE://
SAVIOR, YOU HAVE BROUGHT US JOY: GLORY TO YOU!

Verse: Extol the Lord our God; worship at His footstool for it is holy!

THE WOOD OF YOUR CROSS, OUR SAVIOR,
HAS BROUGHT SALVATION TO THE WORLD:
FOR YOU, THE JOY OF ALL, WERE WILLINGLY NAILED ON IT!
YOU HAVE DELIVERED THOSE WHO DWELL ON EARTH FROM THE CURSE!//
O LORD, GLORY TO YOU!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN YOUR MOTHER BEHELD YOU, CHRIST,
HANGING BY YOUR OWN FREE CHOICE
UPON THE CROSS BETWEEN TWO THIEVES,
HER HEART WAS PIERCED WITH A MOTHER'S GRIEF AND SHE CRIED OUT:
SON, HOW ARE YOU, THE SINLESS ONE,
NAILED UNJUSTLY TO THE CROSS AS AN EVILDOER?//
IT IS BECAUSE YOU WILL TO RESTORE MANKIND TO LIFE IN YOUR SURPASSING LOVE!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the Cross)

ADAM TASTED BITTERNESS FROM THE FORBIDDEN TREE
WHEN THE ENVY OF THE SERPENT LED HIM TO HIS FALL.
BUT WHEN YOU WERE CRUCIFIED, HE GAINED LIFE!
THROUGH THE TREE OF THE CROSS, HE ENTERED THE HEAVENLY HOMELAND AGAIN!
THE SERPENT WAS CRUSHED, DEATH WAS SWALLOWED UP,//
AND WE GIVE YOUR GLORY, LORD OUR GOD!

VERSE: Wonderful is God in His saints: the God of Israel!

TODAY THE MEMORIAL OF THE VICTORIOUS MARTYRS
SHINES WITH LIGHT FROM HEAVEN!
THE CHOIR OF ANGELS KEEPS THE FESTIVAL,
AND MANKIND CELEBRATES THE FEAST WITH THEM!
FOR THEY INTERCEDE BEFORE THE LORD//
THAT HE MAY HAVE MERCY ON OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

IN TEARS, THE MOTHER OF GOD WEPT AND SAID:
GABRIEL BROUGHT ME THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF SALVATION,
SAYING THAT YOU WOULD BE WITH ME, O LORD.
HOW, THEN, CAN MY JOY BE CHANGED TO SORROW?
HOW CAN I APPEAR CHILDLESS,
FOR WITHOUT KNOWING A MAN I BROUGHT YOU INTO THE WORLD, MY SON,//
AS THE SAVIOR OF OUR SOULS!

APOSTIKHA

(Of the Cross)

NO SOONER HAD THE WOOD OF YOUR CROSS BEEN PLANTED, O CHRIST,
THAN ERROR WAS DRIVEN OUT AND GRACE BURST FORTH IN FLOWER!
FOR THE PUNISHMENT OF CONDEMNATION IS NO MORE,
BUT THE CROSS WAS REVEALED TO US
AS A SYMBOL OF THE VICTORY OF SALVATION!
THE CROSS IS OUR SUPPORT; THE CROSS IS OUR BOAST!//
THE CROSS IS OUR MEANS OF FERVENT JOY!

YOUR CROSS, O CHRIST, VOIDED THE POWER OF HELL,
BUT IT SAVED THE HUMAN RACE!
REDEEMING THE WORLD FROM CORRUPTION,
IT OPENED PARADISE TO THE THIEF!
FALLING DOWN IN WORSHIP BEFORE IT WE GLORIFY YOU://
O SAVIOR, HAVE MERCY ON US!

(To the martyrs)

BLESSED IS THE ARMY OF THE HEAVENLY KING!
THOUGH ON EARTH THEY ENDURED GREAT SUFFERINGS,
THEY ACHIEVED THE RANK OF ANGELS!
THEY DID NOT CARE FOR THE FLESH AND BECAME EQUALS TO THE BODILESS HOSTS.//
BY THEIR PRAYERS, LORD, SAVE OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

END THE GRIEF OF MY MUCH-AFFLICTED SOUL!
CRIED THE BLAMELESS ONE TO CHRIST AS SHE LAMENTED:
FOR ALTHOUGH YOU ARE SAVING MORTALS BY YOUR PASSION,
YET YOU ARE WOUNDING MY SOUL, O WORD!
YOU ARE MY LIGHT, YOU ARE MY SWEETEST CHILD, WHO FASHIONED ME!//
I SING IN PRAISE OF YOUR LONG-SUFFERING!

FRIDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the martyrs)

PUTTING ON THE SHIELD OF FAITH
AND STRENGTHENING THEMSELVES WITH THE SIGN OF THE CROSS,
YOUR SAINTS, LORD, BRAVELY WENT OF THEIR OWN ACCORD TO TORTURE,
LAYING LOW THE PRIDE AND ERROR OF THE DEVIL.
BY THEIR SUPPLICATIONS, ALL-POWERFUL GOD,//
SEND THE WORLD PEACE, AND OUR SOULS GREAT MERCY! (twice)

NOT REJOICING IN EARTHLY THINGS,
GOING FORTH TO TORTURES BRAVELY,
YOU, ALL-LAUDABLE MARTYRS DID NOT FAIL IN YOUR BLESSED HOPES.
SINCE NOW YOU HAVE BOLDNESS BEFORE GOD, THE LOVER OF MANKIND,
ENTREAT PEACE FOR THE WORLD,//
AND FOR OUR SOULS, GREAT MERCY.

GNE... (The Theotokion)

IN THE RED SEA OF OLD,
A TYPE OF THE VIRGIN BRIDE WAS PREFIGURED.
THERE MOSES DIVIDED THE WATERS;
HERE GABRIEL ASSISTED IN THE MIRACLE.
THERE ISRAEL CROSSED THE SEA WITHOUT GETTING WET;
HERE THE VIRGIN GAVE BIRTH TO CHRIST WITHOUT SEED.
AFTER ISRAEL'S PASSAGE, THE SEA REMAINED IMPASSIBLE;
AFTER EMMANUEL'S BIRTH, THE VIRGIN REMAINED A VIRGIN.
EVER EXISTING GOD, WHO APPEARED AS MAN,//
O LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera to the martyrs)

INTERCEDE FOR US, HOLY MARTYRS,
THAT WE MAY BE DELIVERED FROM OUR SINS,//
FOR THE GRACE TO PRAY FOR US IS GIVEN TO YOU.

YOUR SOULS FILLED WITH UNQUENCHABLE LOVE,
YOU ENDURED THE MOST TERRIBLE SUFFERINGS WITHOUT DENYING CHRIST,
AND CAST DOWN THE TYRANT'S PRIDE.
YOU WHO KEPT THE FAITH UNCHANGED AND UNHARMED
HAVE GONE TO DWELL IN HEAVEN.
SINCE YOU HAVE BOLDNESS BEFORE THE LORD,//
PRAY THAT HE MAY GRANT US GREAT MERCY!

(For the departed)

I CALLED TO MIND THE PROPHET'S WORDS:
I AM DUST AND ASHES!
I WENT ALSO TO THE TOMBS AND BEHELD THE NAKED BONES,
AND I SAID: WHO NOW IS THE KING OR THE SOLDIER,
THE RICH OR THE POOR?
THE RIGHTEOUS OR THE SINNERS?
BUT GIVE REST TO YOUR SERVANTS WITH THE SAINTS, O LORD,//
SINCE YOU ARE THE LOVER OF MANKIND.

GNE... (Theotokion)

INTERCEDE FOR US WITH YOUR PRAYERS, JOYFUL ONE,
AND PLEAD FOR GREAT COMPASSION FOR OUR SOULS,//
AND THE BLOTTING OUT OF OUR MANY TRANSGRESSIONS.


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